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Landscape architect Thomas Balsley is the featured speaker as the Center for Architecture Sarasota’s Archtober series continues at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium.

“Uncommon Ground” is his topic. Based in New York City, the designer is known for his mastery of landscape urbanism within public parks.

He will discuss his projects in San Francisco, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Baltimore, New York and Tampa, where his Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park has become a central feature of downtown.

Balsley says such urban parks have “transformative powers” that enhance the livability of cities and brighten their futures. His holistic approach goes beyond beautification with high standards of social, cultural and environmental sustainability. Admission is $10 for CFAS members and $15 for nonmembers.


Neal Communities sold 62 new homes in September, bringing its year-to-date total to 651 sales. With new communities opening, Neal expects a record year.

“There has been no slowdown to our pace as market conditions continue to fare positively for new-home buyers,” said Nicole Brooks, director of sales.

Grand Palm, a master-planned community in Venice, led the company with 12 September sales. In Lakewood Ranch, nine Neal homes sold in Central Park.

Canopy, in Naples, had seven sales and Watermark in Fort Myers six.

Last modified: October 10, 2014
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